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Is the pressure of grants to publish driving the rise in unethical practices from authors?

Choices Available:

Yes: 240 
 No: 73

Total votes cast: 315


Poll dates: 04/11/2013 to 03/03/2014


Are research misconduct cases on the rise or are journals just getting better at uncovering them?

Choices Available:

Yes, they are generally on the rise: 75
No, thanks to software and experience we just spot more of them: 66

Total votes cast: 141

Poll dates: 19/09/2013 to 04/11/2013


How do you prefer to access information online?

Choices Available:

Via PDF: 77
Both – depends on what I’m trying to achieve: 65
Via HTML: 21
Neither – I prefer to print out information: 11

Total votes cast: 174

Poll dates: 27/06/2013 to 18/09/2013


Do you think it’s time to clarify researchers’ contributions to an article by moving to a contributorship model?

Choices Available:

Yes: 83
No: 27

Total votes cast: 110

Poll dates: 14/03/2013 to 26/06/2013


What is a reasonable time period for a peer review? (poll topic submitted by reader Terry Tan)

Choices Available:

Two weeks: 65
One month: 177
Two months: 70
Three months: 25
Longer: 20

Total votes cast: 357

Poll dates: 31/10/2012 to 13/03/2013


How would you prefer to communicate with your fellow Editors online? Via

Choices Available:

Email: 71
Not at all: 31
Editors’ Update online community: 16
Forums in EES: 9
Existing social media sites such as   LinkedIn/ResearchGate: 3
Existing blogs/communities for your   discipline: 2

Total votes cast: 132

Poll dates: 05/06/2012 to 30/10/2012


Which Open Access Model Has Your Preference?

Choices Available:

Open access journals: 91
Open access articles: 53
Open archives: 43
Manuscript posting: 30
None of the above: 4

Total votes cast: 221

Poll dates: 27/03/2012 to 04/06/2012

Which topic would you like to see covered in Editors' Update?

Which topic would you like to see covered in Editors’ Update?

Choices Available:

Open access: 36
Peer review: 35
Ethics and plagiarism: 33

Total votes cast: 104

Poll dates: 15/12/2011 to 26/03/2012


How do you feel about the quality of article submissions from Asia-based authors?

Choices Available:

Improving: 232
Deteriorating: 24
Unchanged: 29

Total votes cast: 285

Poll dates: 20/09/2011 to 14/12/2011

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    Earlier this year we unveiled the Journal Insights pilot. The initiative has now been rolled out to more than 800 journals and we highlight some recent improvements. Learn more

  • Abolish authors’ Conflict of Interest Statement, says author

    Author and Editorial Board Member, Dr Gad Gilad, PhD, argues that it is time to get rid of Author Conflict of Interest Statements. Learn more

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Editors’ Conferences

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
16-18 May, 2014

Boston, USA (program TBC)
21-23 November, 2014

Learn more about these forums for dialogue with, and between, our senior editors.